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The mission of the Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence is to advance innovations in research, education, and practice to promote optimal aging and quality of life in all older adults and their caregivers. 

Welcome to the Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence.

As the director of the Csomay Center, a cardiovascular researcher, and a former hospice and palliative care nurse, I recognize how important it is to find fulfillment in each stage of life.  

Considering that one in five people in the U.S. will be 65 and over by 2030, our communities will need support and resources to age well. The Csomay Center is uniquely positioned to bring together people, organizations, and resources to meet those needs.  

Built on a strong, 30-year foundation, the Csomay Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to support gerontology research, train the professionals and scholars who will work with older adults, connect stakeholders, and serve as a resource. Our all-encompassing aim is to promote optimal aging and quality of life in all older adults and their caregivers.

Join us as we embrace the journey of aging. 


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Harleah G. Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FGSA, FAAN

Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing

Director, Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence 

Center Announcements

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Recent Updates to

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
The Csomay Center is excited to announce the recent update and launch of! is a one-stop website with FREE best-practice tools and resources that support recommendations for quality pain assessment and management in older adults. Follow the link to access FREE pain resources.
Flyer for a Healthy Aging Fair. Image reads, "Healthy Aging Fair, August 22, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Community Resources, Health Tables, Presentations, Health Screenings"

Johnson County Healthy Aging Fair on August 22, 2024

Explore resources, services, and organizations helpful in planning for a healthy, safe, and active lifestyle during older adult years. Location: Iowa City Senior Center, 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City. Cost: FREE
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Meet a community member, John Bowers

Friday, May 31, 2024
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, John Bowers attended the University of Iowa in the early 70s, earning a bachelor's and master's degree. This story highlights John's connection to Iowa and the Csomay Center, his advocacy and volunteer work, and his intentions for future involvement.

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